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Author:  Gnarl [ Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:15 am ]
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For those whose boxens just sit idling for hours on end just waiting for the next recording, you may want to donate those spare CPU cycles to a good cause.

Stanford's goal: to understand protein folding, protein aggregation, and related diseases

What are proteins and why do they "fold"? Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out their biochemical function, they remarkably assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, remains a mystery. Moreover, perhaps not surprisingly, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious effects, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, and Parkinson's disease.

What does Folding@Home do? Folding@Home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. Stanford uses novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. This has allowed us to simulate folding for the first time, and to now direct Stanford's approach to examine folding related disease.

How can you help? You can help Stanford's project by downloading and running their client software. Stanford's algorithms are designed such that for every computer that joins the project, Stanford gets a commensurate increase in simulation speed.

It runs with the highest nice value possible so it only uses the cycles you aren't. I've been running it for a couple weeks now and haven't noticed any difference in performance.

Download the client from stanford.

- when downloaded should have the name: FAH502-Linux.exe .

Create a directory where you'll want to do your folding. Place FAH502--Linux.exe into the dir. To make it executable from the shell type: "chmod 700 FAH502-Linux.exe" (without the quotes of course, also remember that Linux IS case sensitive). This will allow the owner of the program system to run it.

-get into the console and type

./FAH502-Linux.exe -config

The client will ask you some questions

1) User name - the name you wish to fold under

2) Team - 50975

3) Ask before fetching work - no

4) Use Internet settings - no

5) Use proxy - no (you should not have to , but everyone's network is different)

6) Allow receipt of work assignments and return of results greater than 5MB in size - This is how you start folding the "Big Packets" or " Big Work Units" . no

7) Change Advanced uptions - no

This is a good way to ease the guilt of being too cheap to donate ca$h to charity. Just make sure your CPU is well cooled. :D

Author:  Mephi [ Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:55 am ]
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I tried this for a while, and it worked fine most of the time, but I had to stop folding when I was burning recordings to DVD, as it'd cause that process to slow to a crawl.

Other than that I didn't experience any problems with it on a FE/BE system.

Author:  Liv2Cod [ Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:25 pm ]
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I hope it works better than it did a year ago. I was always having to restart the process manually and fix stuff. I got tired of it breaking all the time and I quit. Does it work rock-solid now?

Author:  Gnarl [ Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:35 pm ]
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Command line versions for both windows and linux are solid. I haven't had a problem with either yet, but I've only been running it for 2 weeks.

I've created a KnoppMyth team. When asked during the config use team # 50975

Author:  chrisj [ Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:58 pm ]
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I'm now in :-)

Author:  blahpony [ Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:07 pm ]
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My box is already folding for I haven't noticed any slow downs or issues and it's been folding for almost 6 months now.

Author:  Gnarl [ Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:38 am ]
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chrisj wrote:
I'm now in :-)

That's quite the farm you have going there. I my box has yet to register its first unit for this group.

Author:  Gnarl [ Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:59 am ]
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Cecil, I hope you don't mind that I linked the image to the Knoppmyth F@H team. If you do, just let me know and I will remove it.

Author:  cesman [ Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:02 am ]
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No worries...

Author:  chrisj [ Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:36 am ]
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I've still a few system to setup :wink:

Author:  IceburgIV [ Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:08 pm ]
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Alright, I joined the race and the team, here I come!

Author:  Liv2Cod [ Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:04 pm ]
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Always a slave to peer pressure... I joined again. I'm such a willow branch!

Author:  chrisj [ Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:31 pm ]
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well done one and all we just broke the top 1000 teams .. not to bad just puts us in frount of 43760 others


Thu Aug 3 15:00:00 PDT 2006
team   teamname   score   wu
50975   KnoppMyth   321997   1813

Team rank: 997

Team members:
rank   team rank   name   credit   total   team
2926   1   cjoyce   305491   1733   50975
77951   2   GnarlETrails   10337   50   50975
129402   3   IceburgIV   4099   19   50975
181931   4   Liv2Cod   1917   10   50975
384455   5   mythingpersons   153   1   50975

Author:  khrusher [ Fri Aug 04, 2006 6:45 am ]
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Im in...I followed the -console steps above and it just started running.

currently folding Protein: favorite

Author:  Gnarl [ Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:04 am ]
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It's mostly thanks to you chrisj. I've found a cool stat site the gives historical stats and pridictions. Take a look

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